A few years ago Marilyn Beard of Just Making Noise wrote about how she was drying orange slices. I’ve done that to use the slices as Christmas tree decorations but the thought of eating those dried discs never occurred to me.
Marilyn has a cool blog with great ideas, so we HAD to give this a try. Besides, it seems that near the end of citrus season we always have more oranges than we can reasonably consume. The quantities are high and the prices are low. I have no willpower to resist.
Our food dehydrator is always ready to use on demand which makes it so easy to give a new idea a quick try. With our first batch of orange slices the color was bright and the texture crispy. We ended up with a gallon of dried slices and a kitchen that smelled heavenly.
The real measure of success in this house is not how lovely a food is or how good it smells, but will someone actually eat it. We brought out the dried orange slices in the fall when the bulk of the summer fruit harvest was gone. The orange slices were gobbled along with dried apple and pear slices. “Yum! Put some of those in my lunch bag,” my grandson suggested.
Thank you, Marilyn! We add a new member to the dried fruit stash we keep in the pantry.
This is so absurdly easy, you will want to give it try.
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